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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 9, 2012 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

This was a very interesting loadout for a music fest. I can't remember the last time I had to pack gear for a 45 degree temperature swing. When we got there Thursday it was 83, mostly sunny and beautiful. Dropped to about 55 overnight, well within the specs of a 40 degree flannel bag and a fleece throw. There were a couple of back porch sessions with Chris Pandolfi and Andy Falco (Founding Fathers), with a bunch of sit ins. Crowd was probably around 600 with most people expected on Friday.

Friday got up to about 81, sunny. Very low humidity so hydration became an issue. Beer works well, moonshine does not. Actually had to use sunscreen Friday. Dropped down to mid 50s again overnight. The crowd grew during the day Friday and by there were probably close to 2000 people there Friday evening for the Duster's set.

Saturday was another beauty of a day - big puffy white clouds, mostly sunny, but the high was 70. Great bands, crowd was estimated around 3000 at peak, didn't seem that crowded to me, but the main field was packed front to back for the Duster's Saturday night set. As the sun went down, the clouds started to move in and the temp dropped sharply. When we finally hit the sack around 4:15 AM it was 34. It started raining around 5 AM and let up around 9:00 AM. I don't think it got much above 45 Sunday and the rain and cool weather had easily thinned the crowd by 50%. Those who stuck it out had fantastic sets from Della Mae, Jesse Harper, Steel Wheels and Lake Street Dive.

By the time Leftover Salmon started their closing set there were maybe around 700 people. No matter, they kicked ass. They had a bunch of guys sitting in pretty much the whole set. Bobby Britt (Jon Stickley Trio) on fiddle - that boy can saw the strings something fierce. Andy Hall from the Dusters came out and stood with Andy Thorn from Salmon which got Vince Herman going with "Andy" banter. When Andy Falco joined in, Vince called it a "Tri-Andial" (it seemed funnier then). At one point there were 10 or 11 guys on stage kicking it.

Salmon's set was great - we got a double encore and the crowd went away cold and wet, but very satisfied. There were a ton of taper rigs set up so I'm sure the Salmon set will be up soon. I talked with Chris King a bit - he's going to put up as much as he can as soon as he can. Check his post history after a couple of days - I think he also got Della Mae's set.

You're up in C'Ville aren't you? Shoulda, shoulda, shoulda....it was a great Festy. The back porch sessions were fantastic. Larry Keel, Steve Mougin, Ned Leuberecki, Danny Barnes, all of the Dusters, Glenn Garrett (Duster fiddler Jeremy Garrett's dad) was soing shape note singing that was amazing. Sarah Siskind and the Storytellers......just about everyone who could and wanted to play did. The whole back porch sessions series was just as good as anything on the main stage for music fans.

360 days until the next Festy....

I'll upload everything I've got on video to YouTube if the sound quality is as good as the Moon Man clip. I do know Friday's vids are going to be a lot shakier - some of the VIPs were pretty rude in the pit and didn't think much about standing right in front of the handful of us that were filming. It finally took intervention from the security guys to get that straight. I tapped one of the VIP ticket holders on the shoulder and politely asked if he could move one step either right or left. He grabbed his laminate and said "No way, I'm a VIP." The security guard tapped him on the shoulder and said, "Dude, no. You're a dick." He was then moved.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 9, 2012 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

Hopefully I can bring the family down next year. Not to bad a drive for us from D.C., and I love that part of Virginia.

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 9, 2012 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

Nice trip report, sounds like we all missed a good time. Looking forward to the youtube clips. Regarding video shakes, I suppose you know that youtube has some way of steadying out your video? If you get a message offering to stabilize your video, take it, it def. works.

"Very low humidity so hydration became an issue. Beer works well, moonshine does not" LOL great line

When you mention VIPs "in the pit" not sure if you are referring to an area directly in front of the stage which separates the "VIPs" (i.e., people who simply paid more for their tickets) from general ticket holders via metal barricades which are set up 10 feet or so away from stage. I effing hate that setup at shows!

Don't get me wrong--I'm all for tiered pricing, and if you want to pay more to get catered food, VIP camping privileges, private bathrooms, catered food & drink, all that's great.

However, at a festival or general admission show, when it comes to the show, I think everyone should have the right to be front & center regardless of how much they paid for a ticket.

IMO all the VIP area does is negatively affects energy / connection being passed back and forth between the band. Plus I've been to several festivals where the VIP is 90% empty, so VIP area is conspicuously wasted space.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 9, 2012 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

D2 -

It really wasn't too bad as it was only a handful of VIPs being ass hats. At the other end of the spectrum, Connie Garrett - wife of fiddler Jeremy Garrett took my still camera and got some great shots for me from real close. It was only bad one night - so I think enough people said something about the VIP pit that the security thicknecks kept everyone back and confined to the far ends of the fenced off area. The stage was only about two feet high, so it was probably a good idea that there was a barricade of some sort.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Oct 9, 2012 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Festy After Action Report

"You're up in C'Ville aren't you?"

It is even more lame than that. Difficult to get extracted from these coves once you get back in them. Especially at this time of year.

Nelson Co. has a way of taking care of VIP assholes.

Look forward to checking out the tunes. Thanks for posting.

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